The Authorized Expertise Useful resource Middle’s Girls of Authorized Tech initiative is meant to encourage variety and rejoice ladies in authorized expertise. This initiative launched in 2015 with a listing of innovators and leaders in authorized expertise and with this yr’s additions, that listing now consists of over 80 gifted and influential ladies leaders. Each Thursday, we will probably be that includes a lady from our class of 2018. This week we’ve got Maya Markovich!

 Maya Markovich, Head of Product at NextLawLabs. Discover her on Twitter @nextlawlabs.

 

 

 

How did you change into concerned in authorized tech?

I went to regulation faculty to achieve the talents and credibility to make a optimistic social impression. After commencement, I practiced for a number of years and was drawn to instruments and processes that elevated the chances of higher shopper outcomes. Because the junior lawyer on most groups, I used to be additionally usually tasked with “coping with the tech.” I finally made the leap over to the tech facet as a product supervisor for an early e-discovery firm, and have been in varied roles ever since. My present position additionally lets me leverage my background in change administration consulting and psychology. It’s a dream job—visionary management, freedom to experiment, entry to first movers, and a extremely good purpose to ask questions of everybody I meet.

What initiatives have you ever been targeted on just lately?

I’m a part of the superior workforce at Nextlaw Labs, which launched in 2015 as a “skunkworks” for innovation at Dentons. It was deliberately created outdoors the normal regulation agency construction with the mission of reinventing the enterprise and observe of regulation by way of expertise. We initially recognized some particular challenges dealing with the authorized neighborhood and quickly scaled up a portfolio by way of our funding arm Nextlaw Ventures, making a neighborhood of 10 cutting-edge, dynamic authorized tech startups (a second fund is being raised now to extend the portfolio).

In accelerating these options into Dentons, we discovered loads about navigating the method of driving innovation into Large Legislation and proactively predicting shopper wants, devising methods, and offering assets. We’re now increasing our toolkit to ship “innovation as a service” consulting to Dentons and its ecosystem, doing every part from bringing transparency and higher communication strategies to lawyer-client relationships, to managing shopper co-development initiatives and growing practice-wide innovation methods.

On the non-public facet, I’m channeling my ardour for entry to justice on the Board of Administrators for VLSC, the Alameda County Bar Affiliation’s professional bono arm. VLSC is a incredible group with high-impact applications, and I’m serving to join the dots for them by co-designing a system for digital volunteering, implementing tech like Upsolve and discovering potential collaboration alternatives with organizations together with Oakland’s Civic Design Lab and the Harvard Access to Justice Lab.  I’m additionally excited by the much-needed evolution occurring in authorized schooling and making an attempt to maintain my finger on the heart beat of these developments. I’ll be a part of the advisory board for UC Hastings’ LexLab when it launches later this summer time—an innovation hub and incubator at my alma mater.

Is there a authorized tech useful resource of any form that you end up returning to or that was notably formative for you?

It’s a piece in progress, however I believe Dan Linna’s Legal Services Innovation Index is offering an important benchmark for the business’s transformation. Corporations, regulation colleges, and product choices have to be assessed and tracked in a standardized means to ensure that us to make measurable progress in advancing authorized providers via much-needed innovation and collaboration. The Index can be a good way to get a high-level view of what’s occurring and the place in authorized innovation.

What expertise do you suppose attorneys may have a look at differently that might profit society?

A particular instance I’ve been excited about currently is leveraging good contracts for catastrophe aid. If perishable medical or meals provides have to be local weather managed for fast supply in chaotic and troublesome circumstances, good contracts may preserve a sequence of custody and accountability, monitoring and flagging situations alongside the way in which to make sure compliance with contract phrases, and permitting distribution companies on the bottom to mitigate the chance of unwittingly distributing harmful or ineffective provides.

At a excessive stage, there are a rising variety of authorized tech nonprofits, regulation faculty initiatives, and firms like Paladin main the way in which right here, combining sharp authorized minds with a ardour for democratizing entry to justice via the aware software of expertise to underserved areas. Tech has the facility to amplify the impression of individuals’s actions and speed up the transfer towards a extra equitable society. It’s one of many areas I’m most enthusiastic about.

What recommendation would you give to different ladies who need to get entangled in authorized tech?

Discover your folks. The opposite ladies on this listing are a terrific place to begin! Take each alternative to attach, community, and be taught as a lot as you’ll be able to concerning the transformations happening within the business—change is occurring in actual time.

Develop relationships with nice mentors who worth your perspective, encourage your ardour and assist your profession improvement. I’m presently a part of Legal Geek’s Women in LawTech mentoring program, a world neighborhood targeted on connecting, educating, and galvanizing ladies, and supporting a pipeline of feminine expertise in authorized tech startups, authorized providers, or in-house authorized.  And casual Slack teams, just like the one began by Nicole Bradick, are a wonderful place to commerce assets, ask questions, share insights, and discover mutual assist.

Watch what regulation colleges like Suffolk, Northwestern, and Chicago-Kent, in addition to authorized tech communities on different continents, are doing—that’s the place a number of the vanguard stuff is occurring.

Deliver a scientific method: daydream/hypothesize about the place authorized tech goes subsequent, then search out information to disprove these hypotheses, and also you’ll end up with some intriguing pathways to research.

Give a shout-out to a different lady in authorized tech who you admire or have discovered one thing from!

I’ve been profoundly impressed by Margaret Hagan’s work heading up the Legal Design Lab at Stanford, a cross-disciplinary workforce that applies human-centered design to creating authorized services and products in extremely numerous and necessary use instances. After she invited me to the Legislation + Design Summit final fall, I felt like every part on earth wanted a design method magic wand! It’s for good purpose that authorized design is quick turning into an business buzzword and a core focus for Nextlaw Labs. The alternatives for implementing innovation on the planet of regulation by way of authorized design consulting are boundless.

 

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